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November NPD – PC software down 6.6% yoy, $51.7M for the month

Saturday, 12 December 2009 16:47 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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NPD has released PC sales figures for November, and estimates that $51.7 million was spent on software in retail stores, but per usual, does not take into account digital distribution sales.

Yesterday, Anita Frazier tweeted that PC sales for the year were at $1.46B for the year, which is down 6.6 percent YoY.

She also tweeted the top five videogame properties for the year in terms of sales through November, which were Call of Duty, Wii Fit, Mario Bros., Guitar Hero, and Rock Band, respectively.

More through the links.

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24 Comments

  1. Johnny Cullen

    You’ve opened the gates of hell on this one, Steph. :D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    I repent nothing!!!! :-D :-D

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Redh3lix

    Doesn’t surprise. There hasn’t been a decent PC game since Battlefield 2 imo.

    Where’s BDH? :D

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Kalain

    Where is BDH and Loki when you need a laugh? :D

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Bellisner

    Since the NPD ignores digital sales I don’t know if I think it’s a cast iron decline. From my own experience I’ve been buying an increasing number of PC games from Steam and the like for the past couple of years. Subjectively speaking if you were to determine my gaming habits from till receipts alone; you’d be led to believe I am buying less PC games year on year.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. absolutezero

    I’d like to see the Steam sale figures for that 5 day sale thanks very much.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Mike

    Yeah. That was banananananas

    #7 5 years ago
  8. M337ING

    Look at the current Steam Stats to see exactly where the PC market is going:

    http://store.steampowered.com/stats/

    2,144,083 peak simultaneous users. And Steam only broke the 2 million mark several weeks ago.

    Just goes to show you how quickly the market is shifting to digital.

    Steamworks-activated games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 are only accelerating that move, since people are exposed to the convenience of the online store when they first install those games, meaning they’re likely to try it out and maybe even continue using those types of services.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    That stat is all very well and good… except I’m currently logged into Steam, as I am every day, and I’m not using it.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Jadeskye

    This makes me sad. PC gaming still holds a place in my heart.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. M337ING

    @Psychotext

    Just like the millions of people on Xbox Live at one time aren’t all playing games.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    There’s a slight difference. If I’m on my 360, I’m doing something 360 related (playing games, downloading stuff etc)… I’m not working or checking my emails.

    I guess there are some people that might have their 360s on whilst they’re doing other things, but not me… I’d rather not return to a puddle of plastic and metal.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. blackdreamhunk

    http://www.glgroup.com/News/Chinese-games-companies-have-shown-the-West-the-future-of-games-45339.html

    Summary

    Asian games companies (particularly in Korea and China) have led the way in creating innovative online business models. They have tackled major issues including piracy, the high cost of consoles and low disposable incomes to create a growing, profitable business.
    The idea that they need to change their business models to reflect those in the West is preposterous. It is Western companies who need to change, and fast.
    Analysis

    At any moment of every day, 2 million Chinese are playing online games. 64% of all Chinese internet users are online gamers. And by 2012, China will represent half of the forecast $12 billion market.
    The Asian companies have developed new businesses suited to their local markets. But to suggest that they would benefit from copying Western models is preposterous.
    The Western market is dominated by consoles. The console market is characterised by:

    * Massive investment in R&D, manufacturing and marketing by the console manufacturers: The Home Entertainment division of Microsoft has invested $21 billion over five years, with an operating loss of $5.4 billion. Sony lost $3.1 billion in the games division in the two years to March 2008, arising “from the strategic pricing of PlayStation 3 hardware at points lower than its production cost”.)
    * Massive investment by publishers in new titles: The smash hit of 2009, Modern Warfare 2 from Activision, cost over $50 million to develop and a further $200 million in marketing and manufacturing. Few companies can afford in a portfolio of titles with capital requirements like that.
    * Significant investment by consumers in the hardware: Even several years after launch, a PS 3 or Xbox 360 is likely to set you back around $300.
    * Continued investment by consumers in software: With RRPs often above $50, gaming is a major financial decision for Western consumers.

    In contrast, companies like TenCent and Shanda have built their business on free-to-play games that make their money from the sale of virtual goods. And these games can be incredibly profitable.
    The virtual goods/online business model is better than the traditional console model because it:

    * Addresses piracy: there are no DVDs to copy, and the virtual goods have no value without the servers and game infrastructure to use them
    * Requires less upfront investment: Playfish, a British developer of games on Facebook that was recently bought by Electronic Arts , for up to $400 million, estimates that an average Facebook game costs $1 million to make, but they typically launch the game when it is only 20% complete and continually iterate – or kill it if players don’t like it
    * Allows consumers to pay as much they like: Consumers can play for free, but if they wish to pay for virtual goods, they can pay as little as a few cents or as much as thousands of dollars for a product

    In short, there is a major difference between Western business models and Asian ones (although there a dozens of private Western businesses exploiting this model including Zynga, Playdom, Bigpoint, Gameforge, Gameduell, Jagex, Ankama and others).
    But it is the West that needs to adopt Chinese business models, not the other way round.

    you people should more than know not to get me started

    #13 5 years ago
  14. blackdreamhunk

    thta is just one link about pc gaming

    yea I really love the gaming industry and it’s media. it reminds of a nazi camp!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ozF4zndGbg

    the hate truth these days

    they hate pc gamers these days

    they try to shout up pc gamers and people views

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    It reminds him of when he was back in Nazi camp. Isnt that nice?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. blackdreamhunk

    there are meny things that remind “of a nazi training camp”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7L3DapB0fQ&feature=player_embedded#

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STzcjxZWWBg&feature=related

    I never did get along with bully’s when I was small!

    when you don’t agree with some one you call them troll!

    I wonder how meny pc gamers are baned from gaming website these days because they don’t agree with the website or the media!!!!

    yea it’s nazi training gcamp! frankly I am glade the world can see it. If i see can see these things, other people will too.

    So meny lairs in the gaming media it’s not even funny!

    let me give you a few exmaples bit tech, gamespot, edge online, video gamer.

    they are full lairs and haters!!! the gaming industry is full of pc haters

    yea they like to worship the all mighty console hardware party! sony and mircosoft

    what a joke! yea the gaming Industry is a nazy training camp for their dictorship!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ozF4zndGbg

    In fact one mods bit tech supports dictors

    the gaming industry is a joke!

    this to me means the anti christ is coming!

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Johnny Cullen

    I really cant wait for tomorrow now.

    I really cant.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. blackdreamhunk

    I have proven my point and it for people all over the world to see.

    no one can call me lair :)

    my words are spreading cross the internet alot of people are agreeing with me.

    I deal in facts and turth.

    prople are scared of the truth

    #18 5 years ago
  19. DaMan

    Satin is disappointed in you.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Psychotext

    “I really cant wait for tomorrow now.”

    I see what you did there.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. JonFE

    Is tomorrow the day that Pat breaks the tally?

    #21 5 years ago
  22. blackdreamhunk

    I can wait for people all over world reading this agree.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTy4Wn7jYCw&feature=player_embedded

    lol Satin is always dispointed with me lol

    yea I am going to say it agin there is alot of lairs in the gaming industry. the gaming Industry is a joke

    also the gaming media is a dictorship!

    thank god i’m not actvision supporter

    by the way I bet the legal system would nuts over something like this

    http://razetheworld.gameriot.com/blogs/Games-and-PC-Blog/Paying-for-Modern-Warfare-2-Multiplayer-soon

    thank god I’m not an acvision supporter lol

    more proof the gaming Industry hates pc gamers!

    #22 5 years ago
  23. DUFFKING

    Is there an ignore poster option here? I’d quite like to never see anything bdh writes again.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Retroid

    I too am glade BDH speaks the turth.

    #24 5 years ago

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    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]